Lawyer: Ohio Kidnap Suspect Will Plead Not Guilty

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He declined to comment on a jail suicide watch for Castro or jail guard reports that Castro has been sitting in his cell naked. Weintraub said he would have been alerted if going naked reflected a medical issue.

Castro has made it clear that he loves his 6-year-old daughter born to Berry, Weintraub said.

“I know that that seems to be irrational from the public perception standpoint, but he does indeed love her and is concerned about her future,” Weintraub said.

He said the issue of custody hadn’t been mentioned in discussions with Castro.

The girl was born Christmas Day 2006, delivered by Knight in a kiddie pool so the cleanup would be easy, police say. Knight told police she was ordered by Castro under threat of death to deliver the baby live.

Weintraub said the defense hadn’t researched issues raised last week when Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty said Castro could face aggravated murder charges, and a possible death sentence, related to allegations that he impregnated Knight and forced her to miscarry at least five times by starving her and punching her in the stomach repeatedly.

Weintraub said only that “everybody is entitled to their own opinion” when asked about Castro’s two brothers — arrested but quickly cleared of any involvement — calling him a “monster.”

Amid reports of threats against the defense team and arson threats against Castro’s house, Weintraub appealed for understanding that every criminal defendant is guaranteed an effective defense.

“It’s an unfortunate fact today that there are people that will align themselves with the mob mentality and we are — criminal defense attorneys are unique people,” he said.

“We’re in a position where we represent those that may be considered the most evil people in society. But the Constitution permits that and requires it. Otherwise it would be execution at the time of an allegation.”

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